CASA of the Pikes Peak Region provides a volunteer�s voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect or domestic conflict and promotes community awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region is comprised of four programs designed to address the unique needs of children who are victims of abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. Some families served by the organization utilize resources in multiple programs at the same time. This continuum of programming provides greater safety, oversight, and tools for family success.
A) Dependency and Neglect (D&N) is the core program within CASA of the Pikes Peak Region and provides volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children who have cases moving through the court. These children have suffered from physical, mental, and/or sexual abuse at the hands of their parents or caregivers. CASA advocates are appointed by the court to the most severe cases and work directly with the children and other professionals involved with the case to advocate in the child’s best interest. The goal of this program is to secure safe and permanent homes for every child served. 598 children were served in FY 2019-2020.
B) Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time (SEPT) program is a court-ordered service that provides any child ages 0-18 with a safe setting in which to have parenting time with non-custodial parents. This CASA program ensures the safety of victims and their children while supervised visits and exchanges are occurring in cases of substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. All supervised visits and safe exchanges are facilitated by SEPT program staff and highly trained facilitators and no other agency provides this service in El Paso County. Served 134 children and 95 families in FY 2019-2020.
C) Milton Foster Children’s Fund (MFCF) provides foster children with resources not funded through other agencies. These include scholarships for summer camp, driver’s education, sports, enrichment activities, and financial assistance for other unmet needs. The Hanger, a project of MFCF, is a store where teens in foster care may shop for free clothing and accessories, gain work experience, and participate in life-skills workshops to prepare them for emancipation from the foster care system. MFCF served 518 children and foster youth in FY 2019-2020.
D) Children and Families in Transition (CFIT) educates parents about the effects of divorce on children and instructs parents on the legal aspects of custody arrangements and the negative impact of parental conflict on children. This seminar is mandatory for all divorcing parents in the 4th Judicial District. Served 2,863 parents in FY 2019-2020.